Nemanja Đurišić

Nemanja Đurišić (Cyrillic: Немања Ђуришић; born February 23, 1992) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player for Beşiktaş Sompo Japan of the BSL. Đurišić is also currently a member of Montenegrin national basketball team and during his college years he played for the basketball team at University of Georgia in the United States. He can play both small or power forward position. He is one of the few players from Montenegro who completed all 4 years of basketball scholarship at the university in the United States.

Nemanja Đurišić
Nemanja Durisic.jpg
No. 42 – Beşiktaş Sompo Japan
PositionForward
LeagueBSL
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 (age 28)
Podgorica, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityMontenegrin
Listed height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight100 kg (220 lb)
Career information
High schoolSouth Kent School
(South Kent, Connecticut)
CollegeGeorgia (2011–2015)
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2017Zielona Góra
2017–2018Bonn
2018–2019Oostende
2019–presentBeşiktaş
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Đurišić grew up in the neighborhood of Stari Aerodrom, Podgorica, and started playing basketball at age of 12, for the local basketball club Sinalco. He was persuaded to start playing basketball by his brother Boris. His childhood basketball idol was Vlade Divac and as a kid he loved watching Yugoslavian national basketball team, who were a powerhouse during the 1990s and early 2000s. After taking his first basketball steps in Sinalco, Đurišić joined the youth academy of KK Budućnost Podgorica, where he gained an audience with several scouts.[1]

High schoolEdit

After completing first 2 years of high school in Podgorica Đurišić got an offer to finish his high school overseas, in South Kent School, and be part of their basketball team. Despite his lack of knowledge in English language at the time he managed to prove himself well both as a basketball player and as a student, which led to him deciding to pursue basketball scholarship at a college in the US. In two seasons for South Kent Đurišić averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. During his high school years Đurišić also made appearances for Montenegrin national basketball team at FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.

College careerEdit

Freshman yearEdit

In 2011 Đurišić enrolled at the University of Georgia and was immediately recognized as skillful basketball player by the coaching staff. In his freshman year for the Bulldogs Đurišić started in 12 games at the power forward position, including four of the last five games of the season.

Sophomore yearEdit

In 2011–12 season Đurišić had team's only double-double of the season in SEC Tourney win over Miss. State. During his sophomore year Đurišić gained more playing minutes and had scores a career-high 21 points against Florida A&M.

Junior yearEdit

In 2013–14 Đurišić had a breakthrough year and was a key player from the bench for the Bulldogs. During junior year he was team's best 3-point shooter, in terms of percentage. He set a new career-high, with 22 points in a win against South Carolina.

Senior yearEdit

During his senior year Đurišić became one of team's top players and a regular starter. In a game against Tennessee, he became the 44th player in UGA history to reach 1,000 career points. Đurišić scored 35 points in two games vs. #1-ranked Kentucky, including team-high 18 at home against the Wildcats. He nearly had a triple-double in Georgia's win over Fla. Atlantic, with 8 pts., 10 rebs. and a career-best 8 assists (no UGA player has ever recorded a triple-double). Đurišić is one of just 19 players in UGA history to score 1,000 points and pull down 500 rebounds.[2]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Georgia 32 12 19.8 .405 .364 .659 4.2 0.8 0.4 0.2 7.0
2012–13 Georgia 32 10 24.4 .395 .317 .747 4.3 1.4 0.5 0.3 7.9
2013–14 Georgia 34 3 22.9 .482 .432 .684 4.0 0.8 0.5 0.4 8.4
2014–15 Georgia 33 32 30.0 .468 .340 .704 5.2 1.5 0.7 0.5 11.0
Career[3] 131 57 24.3 .438 .363 .702 4.4 1.1 0.5 0.3 8.6

Professional careerEdit

Stelmet Zielona GóraEdit

In August 2015 Đurišić signed a one-year contract with Stelmet Zielona Góra. He averaged 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In July 2016 Đurišić re-signed with the team for one more year. [4][5]

Filou OostendeEdit

After a season with Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany, he signed with Filou Oostende for the 2018–19 season.[6]

Beşiktaş Sompo JapanEdit

On July 12, 2019, he has signed contract with Beşiktaş Sompo Japan of the BSL.[7]

International careerEdit

In September 2016 Djurišić helped Montenegro's basketball team reach EuroBasket 2017, through qualifiers, averaging 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He scored a game-high 17 points in Montenegro's only loss of the qualifiers, against Georgia.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Đurišić majored in International relations and affairs at UGA. His parents, Snežana and Ranko Đurišić, both from Montenegro, took part in their first-ever UGA game on February 28, 2015 on the occasion of their first visit to the US and participated as well in the Senior Day recognition before Kentucky game on March 3, 2015.

Đurišić has a sister, Jelena.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "kosarka.me - Nemanja Đurišić: Crnogorski biser sa Univerziteta Džordžia". kosarka.me. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "Nemanja Đurisic Bio - Men's Basketball - GEORGIADOGS.COM - University of University of Georgia Official Athletic Site". georgiadogs.com. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  3. ^ Nemanja Djurisic, Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "DJURISIC, NEMANJA - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL". euroleague.net. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "kosarka.me - Zielona Gora angažovala Đurišića". kosarka.me. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
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  7. ^ "Besiktas signs Nemanja Djurisic". Sportando. July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "FIBA EuroBasket 2017 - FIBA.com". fiba.com. Retrieved March 31, 2017.